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The Hypocrisy is Staggering

June 29, 2008
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Some of you may recall that in the last presidential election cycle John “reporting for duty” Kerry was nominated as his party’s candidate on the basis of his military experience: 4 months on a swift boat. Kerry service was repeatedly held up as a basis to elect him in a time of war as opposed to re-electing war president George W. Bush, who had managed to spend Vietnam in the Air National Guard with out getting sent to fight.

At the time, I thought this argument was weak to the point of being comical. Kerry’s lasting contribution to the Vietnam era did not come on the battlefield, but in criticizing his fellow soldiers and rejecting the very medals he was so proud to claim years later as a presidential candidate. At least this line of thinking had a shred of logid to it”: Kerry had fought, Bush hadn’t; Kerry was injured,Bush was not, but was rather sending people to fight and die. Even more to the point, Bush had no children of his own fighting either. If you believe that it’s only possible to understand something by actually participating in it, this line of thinking will make sense to you. I get it.

With this in mind, I can only say that Gen. Wesley Clark’s recent comments regarding McCain’s service are mind-blowingly hypocritical:

“He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn’t a wartime squadron,” Clark said.

“I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”

Unbelievable. Nice of him to say that McCain was a hero to him. Not that it means much, apparently.

The thing is, I would agree myself that war service per se does not make one automatically qualified to be president and commander in chief; in my mind it didn’t qualify Wesly Clark or John Kerry, nor did it disqualify George Bush. However by the Democrats own logic, it was previously held as very very important- an opinion made repeatedly and emphatically for months in the 2004 election cycle.

New election, new logic. It’s so simple.

Never mind that John McCains military history trumps Kerry’s by a mile. Never mind that he has a son serving currently. Never mind that John McCain has been advocating more troops and a counterinsurgency strategy for years- a strategy we now know is the right one.

I have even heard some people try to paint McCain as emotionally unbalanced because of his experienced as a prisoner of war. The hypocrisy is staggering and sickening.

Sidenote: I love how the article above states that Joe Lieberman “was equally uncharitable towards Obama’s record on foreign policy” and supports it with this quote:

“Sen. Obama, unfortunately, like a lot of the Democratic leadership, continues to take a position that we ought to withdraw … even though the new policy is working,” said Lieberman. “If we had done what Sen. Obama asked us to do for the last couple of years, today Iran and Al Qaeda would be in control of Iraq. It would be a terrible defeat for us and our allies in the Middle East and throughout the world.”

That is not being “uncharitable”: it is a stone cold fact. In addition to all the other positions he held on the war, Obama stated in February 2007 that he wanted all combat troops home by March 2008. How could have that had led to anything else but “a terrible defeat for us and our allies”?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom permalink
    July 5, 2008 10:58 pm

    You and I, and Sen. Obama all agree that Gen. Wesley Clark’s comments regarding McCain’s service was uncalled for to say the least.

    Obama responded:
    “Beyond a loyalty to America’s ideals, beyond a willingness to dissent on behalf of those ideals, I also believe that patriotism must, if it is to mean anything, involve the willingness to sacrifice – to give up something we value on behalf of a larger cause. For those who have fought under the flag of this nation – for the young veterans I meet when I visit Walter Reed; for those like John McCain who have endured physical torment in service to our country – no further proof of such sacrifice is necessary. And let me also add that no one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign, and that goes for supporters on both sides. We must always express our profound gratitude for the service of our men and women in uniform. Period. Full stop.”

    Incredibly nice for him to acknowledge this even though he knew many of those who are on the extreme left would take issue with his response. Many on the left felt he should have done nothing. But he chose to do what any good leader should do. He did something I would love more news corporations, political figures, and bloggers to do. He ignored the party divide and stood up for what he felt was right. It’s unfortunate that taking the high road cost him votes from those on the Left. It’s just as unfortunate that those on the Right took the time to use Gen. Clarks comments to support their cause making it seem as if “the Democrats” logic is skewed even when the Democratic nominee himself rebuked them.


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